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Lizzy’s Literary Life (Volume 2)

Continuing to celebrate the pleasures of a 21st century bookworm

Reading Projects 2022

Almost 50% of my 2021 reading was project-related in 2022. I’m fine with that, though this year I will make a more concerted attempt at reading from the existing TBR. That means paying closer attention to my personal interests.

  • Reading Projects: German Related Themes
  • Reading Projects: Around the World in German Literature
  • Walter Scott Historical Prize Winners: 2 to complete
  • Reading Projects: Plantagenets and Plague (List to follow)
  • I have taken out my first publisher subscription as Fum D’Estampa have whetted my appetite for Catalan literature. Let’s see how I get on with the 2022 list ….
  • Can I add more countries to my ongoing (and as yet undeclared) Around the World in 80 Books project? Based purely on setting, I visited 37 countries last year. The first two events in the reading calendar below will help with this.
  • Will I make time for the Cazalet Chronicles? Maybe, but only after I finish The Martin Beck Series.

Social Reading Calendar

I’d like to participate in all of these events, but there are only so many reading hours in the day. (Unfortunately I cannot dispense with sleep!)


As my personal library is heavily eurocentric, I’m going to join Rose City Reader’s European Reading Challenge. Celebrating its 10th year in 2022, it’s one of the most successful challenges around. I’m purchasing the deluxe entourage ticket.

Update May 2022: Countries visited: Spain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Austria, Germany, UK, Ireland, France, Albania

I will continue to follow the Invisible Cities project, hosted by Yamini (shakespeareandspice); Nicole (nicole is here to learn); Natalie (Curious Reader); Stephanie(time to read!); Michael (Knowledge Lost); Wil(MyBookishEmpire); and Agnese (Beyond the Epilogue), to explore and encourage more discussions about literature in translation from around the world. To participate you need to read one book in translation from any of the three monthly destinations, in any given month. As in 2021 I will continue to take the timing aspect and language aspects with a grain of salt.

MarchDominican RepublicNorway
The Birds – Tarjei Vesaas
Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
(Abandoned – print too small)
MayEl SalvadorUkraine
Grey Bees – Andrey Kurkov
JuneQatarRepublic of Congo
JulyCzech Republic
The Movement – Petra Hulova
My Pen Is The Wing of A Bird – Various
A Tale Without A Name – Penelope S Delta


The Japanese Literature Challenge (now in its 15th year), hosted by Meredith, runs January-March.

Annabel is hosting Nordic Finds. Event runs January-Feb.

I read and reviewed 8 for this event!February is the month to show some love for independent publishers, because returning for a second year is:


#1954club hosted by Karen and Simon will run 18-25 April 2022.


July: Spanish and Portuguese Literature Month, hosted by Stu,

July 25 – August 7 Quindicina Italiana – Italian Fortnight to be hosted by Annabel.


November: German Literature Month XII pencilled in.